Tourism minister tasks NCAC chair, DG
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
The minister for Tourism and Culture has tasked the newly
inaugurated Board chairman of National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC),
Tijaan Kamara and Baba Ceesay, the director general to strive hard to produce
the long-awaited five-year strategic plan that will give focus and strategic
direction in a priority manner to the work of the NCAC.
Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie made this call recently when the two were inaugurated into office.She urged the Board members to assist NCAC in its efforts to mobilise resources both internally and externally, so that the Council will have the ability to articulate, facilitate or coordinate cultural and artistic projects and programmes.
Commenting on NCAC projects and programmes that should not
just be within the Greater Banjul Area but nationwide, Minister Jobe-Njie said
she would like to see the revitalisation of the Regional Cultural Committees
(RCC) and their active involvement in NCAC projects and programmes as they are
to spearhead cultural development work and programmes within their respective
So also is the Management Committees (MC), which has been established in the key World Heritage Sites, notably, Fort Bullen in Barra; Kunta Kinteh Island/Albreda-Juffureh and the Stone Circles of Wassu and Kerr Batch.
The Tourism minister expressed hope that the key actions in the strategic plan will include “Excellence Awards for Arts, and can be an annual grand fundraising event for the NCAC; workshops on music, dance and drama to hone the skills of our performing artists; strengthening copyright and making the Copyright Commission more active as well as the establishment of regional troupes, to help in selecting a national troupe.”
She further tasked them to encourage the formation of robust associations and unions that will enhance the eventual creation of a collecting society in the very near future whose mandate will be to create an enabling environment for artistes whose works have been duly examined and registered by the Copyright Office to begin to realise economic benefits from their creative and intellectual productions.
Author: Yunus S Saliu